How are the symptoms of cerebral palsy most commonly managed?
Cerebral palsy can’t be cured, but treatment will often improve a child’s capabilities. Many children go on to enjoy near-normal adult lives if their disabilities are properly managed. In general,… more »
What are the different forms and symptoms of cerebral palsy?
The specific forms of cerebral palsy are determined by the extent, type, and location of a child’s abnormalities. Doctors classify cerebral palsy according to the type of movement disorder involved… more »
Seizures in children with cerebral palsy (CP) are fairly common. It is estimated that about 50% of children with CP have some type of seizures and 25-35% have epilepsy. Although seizures are only one of the issues associated with CP, they can be frightening, disruptive and possibly harmful to the brain for the children who have them.
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Although seizures are often attributed to epilepsy, children with cerebral palsy (CP) also can have seizures apart from epilepsy. Although CP and epilepsy can co-exist, in fact 25% to 35% of all children with CP also have epilepsy, seizures can be also attributed to the CP itself. The seizures can be displayed in two main forms, including tonic-clonic (grand mal)… more »
Cerebral palsy can’t be cured, but treatment will often improve a child’s capabilities. Many children go on to enjoy near-normal adult lives if their disabilities are properly managed. In general, the earlier treatment begins, the better chance children have of overcoming developmental disabilities or learning new ways to accomplish the tasks that challenge them.
There is no standard therapy that… more »
The specific forms of cerebral palsy are determined by the extent, type, and location of a child’s abnormalities. Doctors classify cerebral palsy according to the type of movement disorder involved — spastic (stiff muscles), athetoid (writhing movements), or ataxic (poor balance and coordination) — plus any additional symptoms.
Doctors will often describe the type of cerebral palsy a child has… more »
CP can affect cognitive, motor, visual, sensory, speech, coordination, and autonomic functions. Below are the some of the most commonly associated deficits associated with cerebral palsy.
Most frequently encountered deficits related to cerebral palsy
Cognitive – The area of the brain injured can cause varying symptoms. For example, if the frontal lobe suffers damage, the child can suffer problems with… more »
Cerebral Palsy (“CP”) is a group of non-progressive neurodegenerative disorders. It is caused by brain abnormalities or injuries usually during birth or shortly after, although symptoms may not be detected until months or years later. The symptoms and prognosis of CP depend on the specific parts of the brain damaged.
There are several different types or forms of cerebral palsy:… more »
As the name implies, mixed cerebral palsy is when children with CP have damage to different areas of the brain. Most people with mixed types of cerebral palsy, have damage to the extrapyramidal and pyramidal areas of the brain. The result of damage to different areas of the brain can result in a combination of physical symptoms that are commonly… more »
A less common type of CP, ataxic cerebral palsy (sometimes also referred to as hypotonic cerebral palsy) involves damage to the cerebellum. Ataxic cerebral palsy is usually characterized by significantly diminished muscle tone, coordination and depth perception.
Appearance of fatigue
Compared to their healthy peers, children with ataxic CP may appear as though they are constantly fatigued due to their… more »
Also referred to as, dyskenetic cerebral palsy / choreoathetoid / dystonic cerebral palsy, Children with athetoid cerebral palsy suffer from damage to the basal ganglia. The damaged basal ganglia commonly manifests symptoms that including involuntary movements that make the child seem restless. In reality the involuntary movements can make the most basic movements such as: sitting up straight, walking or… more »
Found in the majority of cerebral palsy cases (>70%), spastic cerebral palsy is believed to be due to damage in the outer layer of the brain referred to as the cerebral cortex which disrupts the path of communication from the brain to the muscles.
The spasticity of the muscles, usually results in rigid and jerky movements because muscles are… more »